Beck’s New Album Will Be Released As Sheet Music Only

Beck’s New Album Will Be Released As Sheet Music Only
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‘Beck Hansen’s Song Reader’ is being released by McSweeney's in December and will feature 20 songs, each with full-color original art.

Emma Hutchings
  • 14 august 2012

In December, McSweeney’s will release a new album by Beck – but it will only be sheet music. ‘Beck Hansen’s Song Reader’ will feature 20 songs, each accompanied by colorful illustrations. Beck hopes that by taking music back to its original form, fans will be inspired to make what they want of it.

The Song Reader is an experiment in what an album can be at the end of 2012—an alternative that enlists the listener in the tone of every track, and that’s as visually absorbing as a dozen gatefold LPs put together. The songs here are as unfailingly exciting as you’d expect from their author, but if you want to hear “Do We? We Do” or “Don’t Act Like Your Heart Isn’t Hard”, bringing them to life depends on you.

Beck’s New Album Will Be Released As Sheet Music Only

The Song Reader features original art from Marcel Dzama, Leanne Shapton, Josh Cochran, Jessica Hische, and many more, as well as an introduction by Jody Rosen and a foreword by Beck. The package measures 9.5″ x 12.5″ with 108 pages comprising 20 individual full-color song booklets in a hardcover carrying case. Readers’ (and select musicians’) renditions of the songs will be featured on the McSweeney’s website.


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